By Geoff Plunkett
This meticulously researched publication reveals a sixty yr mystery. because the eastern swept south in the direction of Australia in overdue 1941, they carried chemical guns, already used with lethal impression in China. pressured to counter the chemical conflict possibility, Australia covertly imported a million chemical guns - together with sixteen sorts of mustard gasoline - and concealed them in tunnels and different websites round the nation. This ebook tells the tale of the importation, garage and 'live trials' of the lethal guns. It finds information of the chemical struggle brokers themselves, Australia's retaliatory plans, the involvement of america, the inability of teaching of the guns handlers and, ultimately, the harmful disposal of the risky brokers. so much of all, this is often the tale of the lads who lived with the lethal guns every day, dealing with them consistently regardless of the substantial hazards and affliction consequently. They have been the Chemical struggle Armourers and virtually each armourer suffered bodily and sometimes mentally from the consequences of the guns and the bad burden of conserving secrecy. This amazing publication comprises over three hundred images - many taken surreptitiously - that illustrate all too starkly the stipulations and the chance to which those males have been uncovered. this is often an remarkable visible historical past. This ebook is released in organization with the military heritage Unit and is a quantity within the Australian military historical past assortment.
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49 The Mission also had evidence that the organisational structure of the Imperial Japanese Army included six regiments of smoke or chemical warfare troops. The Mission added that 100-pound air bombs,50 nose gas and anti-tank grenades charged with prussic acid had been captured: ‘There can be little doubt that Japan, equally with Germany and Italy, is able at any 45 46 47 48 49 50 AA(ACT) A11093 471/1W Part 1. RAAF chemical warfare operational instruction 58/1945, 8 March 1945. AA(VIC) MP729/6 9/401/380.
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Goodwin, Keen as Mustard, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland, 1998. These gases were known to include nose injurant gases—otherwise known as the sternutators or coughing gases—and included arsenic-based gases such as adamsite. HL (mustard/lewisite mixture) filled. ’51 The Japanese were later found to have carried chemical weapons in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific islands, as numerous samples were captured by the allied forces and brought back to Australia for analysis. 52 Major Jim McAllester, who headed the 2/1st Australia Chemical Warfare Laboratory, recalls: Before the end of 1942, we had been able to obtain Japanese toxic smoke generators which produced smoke with agents like diphenylcyanoarsine which, when used on operations would make the troops receiving them, or downwind of the generators which produced a lot of smoke…suffer choking and other symptoms of lung damage.
Chemical Warfare in Australia: Australia’s Involvement in Chemical Warfare, 1914 - Today by Geoff Plunkett